Nick Hackworth

Photo50: ‘A Cyclical Poem'

Curation London Art Fair

Under the title A Cyclical Poem, Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row, questions the nature of historical change through 50 images by eight photojournalists and documentary photographers working between 1970 and the present day: Ian Beesley, Dorothy Bohm, Brian Griffin, Paul Hill, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Marketa Luskacova and Chris Steele-Perkins and Homer Sykes.

In some cases the works selected are the result of the photographer returning to the same or similar subjects over or after a long period of time. Others come from one period, but made in concert with the passing of time.

‘A Cyclical Poem’ is an elliptical meditation on the idea of historical change, instances separated by eras, of congruence and difference; it considers, through the photographic image, what has changed and what has remained the same.

Many of the images included date from well before the digital era. From a certain perspective this might render the show perverse and out of date, for digital culture has fundamentally altered the relationship between image, time and memory. If this is so, then this exhibition becomes, as a whole, a picture of a culture of scarcity and selectivity, one that has already dissolved in the vastness of the ever growing digital datastream that appears to structure contemporary experience.